Cam Brown and Brian Harris are heading for overseas.
The pair of 2012 University of Maine Black Bears recruits will be on the Eastern Junior Hockey League all-star team which will take part in the inaugural World Junior Club Championship in Omsk, Russia from August 30 through September 3.
“(It’s) an eight country world junior event,” said New Hampshire Junior Monarchs General Manager Head coach Sean Tremblay, who will be coaching the EJHL All-Stars. “We had a board of governors meeting in June where we formally accepted the invitation.”
“It all happened really fast. There’s still a little bit of skepticism because it has never been done before, but we are also very excited of the opportunity to go somewhere we never been and show what our league is all about.”
The event will feature four teams from the Kontinental Hockey League’s junior league, the Molodezhnaya Khokkeinaya Liga. They are Krasnaya Armiya (CSKA Moscow affiliate), HK Riga (Dinamo Riga affiliate), Tatranskí vlci (HC LEV affiliate), and Dinamo-Shinnik (Dinamo Minsk affiliate).
The rest of the participants include the Malmo Redhawks of the Swedish J20 SuperElite league — junior team of former Black Bear Gustav Nyquist –, HC Energie Karlovy Vary of the Czech Republic Junior League, and the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
“I am very excited, it’s definitely a once and a lifetime opportunity to go to Russia,” said Cam Brown who will be playing his second season with the Junior Monarchs this upcoming year.
Tremblay expects Brown to excel on the Olympic sized ice surface in Omsk.
“He brings ridiculous amounts of speed,” Tremblay said. “Obviously when you’re playing on a big sheet overseas there will be so much he will be able to do. He’s elusive on a small rink. Just imagine how elusive he’s going to be on a big rink.”
“When you combine that he’s one of the more intelligent players. He’s going to be deadly. He’s going to create space and find people. He’s going to make people around him better.”
As rookie in the EJHL last season, Brown had 11 goals and 18 assists in 37 games.
Brian Harris also had a solid rookie season with the Boston Junior Bruins as he potted six goals and 22 assists and 123 penalty minutes in 41 games.
“He’s an old school hockey player,” said Tremblay. “He reminds a lot of Brett Tyler where he doesn’t always get in the best shape as possibly he could, but he knows how hockey. He’s the type of kid that could take four months off, show up and in a week he’s right back in form as one of the best players on the ice.”
“No one can beat him and he can sliver his way through the ice offensively. He’s a throwback hockey player who I love to coach.”
Connor Anthoine, a Lewiston native and a University of Vermont recruit wasn’t named to the team. Anthoine who has played with the Green Mountain Glades the last two seasons will join Sean Tremblay and Cam Brown this season with the Junior Monarchs.
The EJHL will open up the tournament against HK Riga on August 30. They will also play Tatranskí vlci and Krasnaya Armiya. The top two teams will play on September 3 to crown the champion.